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West Bank, Glasgow

33–35 Gibson Street
West End
Scotland G12 8NU
Tel: 44 141 339 5969's insider take:

The West Bank is about as close as the city gets to a gastropub, and it has been causing a stir since opening in the summer of 2006. Like the clientele—a mix of students, academics, and West End hipsters—the decor has worked hard to be stylishly boho, thanks to hot design companies such as Timorous Beasties; the tabletops, for example, are made from old scaffolding planks but are paired with beautifully designed butterfly lamps. Dishes include Goan seafood curry with Malabar pickle and pullao rice, or the dark rum and chili chicken with black bean salsa. It may be a laid-back bar, but bagging a table is as tough here as at any upmarket restaurant, so book ahead at peak times.

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